I'm with you on this one CSW, That was one helluva power Rumpy was...cursed...with. I'm not sure he knows exactly how everything will play out in the big picture, but part of that power was the ability read people. The "beggar" certainly knew exactly what Rumpy would do. I think Rumpy knew exactly what Emma would do. I also have the feeling that Rumpy will have to die by the end of the series. Maybe that will be his redemption or something, but I think the whole passing on of the power, and how it really isn't all it's cracked up to be, was pretty telling. Prior to the power Rumpy wasn't a bad man, just weak. And he clearly loved his son.